May 3, 2019
Some things are just good and wholesome.
But as a parent, I often hear how kids’ movies tend to lean hard into some inappropriate content. It makes sense. For films to be financially successful, studios need to inject films with material that should go over the heads of children, but can entertain adults at the same time. The first time I really noticed this was when I saw “Toy Story” at the theater. As much as I adore Pixar and the work that they have done at Disney, I can’t help but notice that their films often sneak in innuendo and downplay the message that they are seemingly trying to convey.
“UglyDolls” may be a return to form for summer kids’ films. The first children’s movie from STX Films, “UglyDolls” is a moral powerhouse. Wearing its messages on its sleeve, “UglyDolls” addresses issues that children can relate to, but also provide primers for some deeper ethical questions.
Using misshapen dolls as allegories for society’s obsession with perfection, the titular dolls’ quest to be loved by children is remarkably heartwarming. Director Kelly Asbury took a story about a line of goofy-looking dolls and turned it into an allegory for the dignity of the individual.